*** Weekend Warrior – Wesley Snipes *** Wesley Snipes was born in Orlando, Florida, the son of Marian (née Long), a teacher's assistant, and Wesley Rudolph Snipes, an aircraft engineer.He grew up in the Bronx, New York. He attended the High School of Performing Arts of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts but moved back to Florida before he could graduate. After graduating from Jones High School in Orlando, Snipes returned to New York and attended the State University of New York at Purchase.
He has been training in martial arts since the age of 12, earning a 5th dan black belt in Shotokan Karate and 2nd dan black belt in Hapkido.
He has also trained in Capoeira under Mestre Jelon Vieira and in a number of other disciplines including kung fu at the USA Shaolin Temple and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Kickboxing. During his time in New York, Snipes was trained in fighting by his friend and mentor Brooke Ellis.
Snipes likes a lot of fighting styles, each one for a different reason. He loves all of the Chinese systems for the line, beauty and flexibility.
He also trains in some African-born systems where you have to train like cats fighting. Snipes prefers fast, strong, effective combinations.
Wesley has a simple and spiritual philosophy of life that guides him
At the age of 23, Snipes was discovered by an agent while performing in a competition. He made his film debut in the 1986 Goldie Hawn vehicle Wildcats. Later that year, he appeared on the TV show Miami Vice as a drug-dealing pimp in the episode "Streetwise" in 1986. In 1987, he appeared as Michael Jackson's nemesis in his music video "Bad" and the feature film Streets of Gold.
And the list goes on:
New Jack City
White Man Can't Jump
Masters of Martial Arts
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